Gidget Goes to Tiki Oasis 9
in San Diego!

Otto von Stroheim writes:

Tiki Oasis is proud to bring to our event the Original Gidget Kathy Kohner Zuckerman

(the real life inspiration for the fictional character of Gidget from the 1957 novel, Gidget: the little girl with big ideas)

Kathy Kohner Zuckerman will be joining us Saturday at the Booksigning from 3:30-4:30pm in the Lobby of the Kona Coast Room. She is bringing her book ‘Gidget’ – so make sure to pick up a copy!

Your Quick Guide to the 2009 Tiki Oasis Symposiums

You do not need to be a Tiki Oasis ticket holder or hotel guest to purchase tickets to the symposiums. Arrive early as admission is first come first serve basis. Festival seating. Limited tickets available at the door based on capacity.

** Deluxe Pass holders will receive VIP entrance to all the symposia, Note ten minutes after the symposium starts we will start to sell tickets to the general public. Please arrive on time! **

For a full schedule with details please go to:

Friday Afternoon

12:00 PM AND 1:00 PM Showings
Location: The Kona Coast Room
Presented by Kona Brewing Co.
Price: Free

Rum & Chocolate: A Match made in Heaven
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM 3:15 PM – Pre-Seating for Deluxe Pass holders!!
Location: The Kona Coast Room
Presented by Kona Brewing Co.
Co-sponsored by Appleton Estate and Hershey’s
Sold Out

Saturday Afternoon

Bohemian Surf: A Slideshow from Hawaiian Antiquity to Surfing’s Pop Culture Explosion
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: The Kona Coast Room
Presented by Kona Brewing Co.
Price: $5

The Early Days of Tiki Mug Collecting
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: The Kona Coast Room
Presented by Kona Brewing Co.
Price: $5

The Devil-Ettes Surf City Go Go Class
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Price: $5

Pin-Up Make-Up and Hair Instruction
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Outside Bungalow
Co-Sponsored by Fluff and Besame Cosmetics
Sold Out
** note this class is not included as part of the Deluxe Pass!!**

Saturday Afternoon continued

Aloha Tyra’s Tahitian Dance Class
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Upstairs in the Grand Pacific Room
Price: $5

Rum, Inc.: The Historical Role of Specific Rums In Classic Cocktails
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
1:45 PM- Pre-Seating for Deluxe Pass holders!!
Location: The Kona Coast Room
Presented by Kona Brewing Co.
Co-Sponsored by Bacardi, Clement, Mount Gay Rum and Sonoma Syrups
Sold Out

San Diego’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Outside Bungalow (next to the car show)
Price: $10

Tiki Oasis Second Annual Autograph Signings
The Original Gidget Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, Domenic Priore, Jay Strongman, Greg Shmanske, James Teitelbaum, Shag, Toes on the Nose Tiki Oasis 9 shirt and shirt tag signing (note: Shag will only be signing the Tiki Oasis 9 limited edition shirts from Toes on the Nose)
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Lobby of The Kona Coast Room Right After Rum Inc!
Price: Free
All books and shirts available for sale at the event.
Sponsored by Warwick’s books

Sunday Afternoon

Paradise Found: San Diego’s Atomic Tiki Landmarks
Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: The Kona Coast Room
Price: $3.00
Big Stone Head: Easter Island and Pop Culture
Sunday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: The Kona Coast Room
Price: $3.00
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KFJC Battle of the Surfin’ Bands

Otto von Stroheim writes:

KFJC Radio presents The Fourth KFJC Battle of the Surfin’ Bands. Organized by the bands to thank KFJC for it’s continued support of obscure genres like surf music, this is also a celebration of live music and a gathering of fans to check out new talent, and old favorites. While some of the bands have been playing for longer than a decade, toured extensively and have multiple releases, a full half of the bands on this year’s bill were formed within the last two years, confirming surf music’s ongoing popularity. Each band gets a 15 minute set to show off their finest material and distinct sound, and any band that makes a memorable impact on the audience is a winner at this battle.

The Fourth KFJC Battle of the Surfin’ Bands
Sunday May 17 2009 at The Hotel Utah in San Francisco
Doors open at 1PM, Music from 2 – 5PM, All Ages
$10 donation at the door, all proceeds go to KFJC radio
Live Broadcast on KFJC 89.7FM in S.F. Bay Area
Live audio & video webcast at

the bands:
Pollo Del Mar
The Neptunes
Meshugga Beach Party
The Pyronauts
The TomorrowMen
The El Dorados
The DeadBeats
The Twang Tens
Blue Moodys
The Outer Edge
The Wander-Ins
The Reef Riders

The Hotel Utah
Fourth & Bryant in San Francisco

Hukilau 2009

The one and only Hukilau. Great artwork as usual for this famous east-coast Tiki event.

Hukilau 2009 Poster

Quoting Otto von Stroheim’s Tiki Events e-mail:

Ok all you beachcombers, beatniks, bongo-beaters, tiki-carvers, mixologists, and exotica disciples from around the globe – grab your conch shell, grass skirt, aloha wear and that favorite bottle of rum and begin to prepare yourself for the 8th annual pilgrimage to most intimate Tiki festival in the world.

Experience Polynesia in America’s Vacationland

June 11 – 14, 2009
It’s time to make those plans to attend what promises to be a most memorable Polynesian Pop weekend as Tikiphiles unite!! We’re pleased to announce the entertainers that will bring you intoxicating tunes, the dazzlers that will provide mesmerizing performances, the seminars and presentations that will leave you spellbound and of course an incredible night at the historic Mai-Kai Restaurant! The full weekend’s schedule goes live in January.

Don’t Forget To Make Your Mai-Kai Reservations Now – For Those First Timers, The Mai-Kai Dinner Is June 13 – You’Ll Have 2 Shows To Choose From And Can Call 954.563.3272 To Make Your Reservations Today
We are responding to the strain on the economy, as we know it’s on everyone’s mind. Check out our ticket and hotel room prices for some big discounts this coming year – our weekend passes are considerably less and a great value!! Don’t delay and get your tickets now!!

We are so pleased to announce this year’s Headliner
Los Straitjackets!

Harold Golen Gallery of Miami presents the Hukilau Tiki Art Show
We have many first time guests to Hukilau as well as many return presenters and performers:

Please welcome these First Time Entertainers to our Island:

      *From Beyond: Los Straitjackets
      *From Tampa: The Stolen Idols
      *From Boca Raton: Gypsy Blue Acoustic Revue
      *From Miami: The Van Orsdels
      *From Tampa: DJ Lounge Laura Taylor w/Hukilau Go Go Dance Opening Party!
      *From Miami: DJ Laura of Miami throughout the weekend
      *The Titillating Tidbits of Dancers Candy Del Rio and Sable Sin Cyr

and of course the first ever Hukilau Room Crawl!!
Those returning to Hukilau:

      *King Kukulele returns as Master of Ceremonies
      *Jeff “Beachbum Berry with “Who’s Your Daddy? a Mai-Tai Paternity Test
      *Jeff Chenault with “More Sounds from Sophisticated Savages” Exotica Music Seminar
      *Marina the Mermaid and her school of tail flapping beauties
      *Surf Sounds of The Intoxicators

This year’s activities will be centered around the tropical Bahia Cabana Resort. Lots of activities will be in the summer sun so please plan accordingly. Check out our Tips From the Natives on the site so that you can be prepared for South Florida weather. All events will continue rain or shine.
Look for upcoming sculpts of the 2009 Munktiki Mug and we are also thrilled to announce that Tiki Tony will lend us a hand by designing the official Tiki pendant for Hukilau 2009! Hukilau Glassware, T-shirts and other keepsakes will be available at the event only – Hukilau merchandise will not be sent out this year (before or after the event) but can be reserved and picked up at the event only.
Thanks to the lovely wahine Heelgrinder for the amazing website and to all of our entertainers that have shared their music to be played as you browse the site.

See you in June 2009 – we’ll be waiting for you!
Let the countdown begin!
Yee-Haw & Aloha,
Tiki Kiliki
The Hukilau

Pop Surf Culture Book Event at Stories, L.A.

Surf Pop Culture

From Otto von Stroheim’s Tikievents list:

Book event for ‘Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom’ in Echo Park, L.A., Saturday, February 2st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Stories book store.

Domenic Priore, Brian Chidester, and The Boardwalkers will appear at Stories books, cafe, goods (1716 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles – near the corner of Echo Park Boulevard) on Saturday, February 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is to celebrate the release of the Chidester/Priore book ‘Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom’ (Santa Monica Press). The book traces surfing and Hawaiian music’s potent combo during early 20th Century Waikiki, directly to its landing on California shores, and their development into a true bohemian subculture by the late 1950s/early 1960s. Focus on Tiki, Surf instrumentals, Surf movies, Surf duds in the pre-1970 environment of Southern California is also offset by a look into Waikiki’s Lounge scene of the ’60s, and later revivals of Surf music during the punk/alt rock days as it mixed with Burlesque, Tiki culture and other things you are most likely a part of. So come down and have a ball, its FREE with live Surf instrumental music by The Boardwalkers and pre-1970 surfing movies projected throughout Stories’ book store. Again, the address is 1716 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Phone: (213) 413-3733.

Here’s more info on the book Surf Pop Culture by Domenic Priore and Brian Chidester.

Surf Legends Lineup in Memorial for Jerry Cole

I forward this from the Tiki Events mailing list:

Paul Johnson (The Belairs, new Surfaris, etc) will play in an All-Star band featuring George Tomsco of The Fireballs in a benefit concert for the late Jerry Coleother notables that will join in are Preston Epps (if you go, tell him I say Hi!), Jewel Atkins, Hal Blaine and Don Randi of the Wrecking Crew, John Blair, etc.

The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd West. Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 980-1615
noon to 4:30 p.m

LA Weekly

Otto von Stroheim

Surf Shows Slacktone, Surf Coasters, Dave Arnson + more!

From Otto von Stroheim’s Tiki Events mailing list come these news of two great Surf Music events this weekend and next week:

The Surf Coasters are on tour from Japan and are appearing live with Slacktone this Saturday, September 13, 10 pm.
The Surf Coasters have been amazing audiences all over the States on this tour.
Plus, Slacktone is one of the best bands around.
Both bands are only rarely seen in a venue as intimate as
the Purple Orchid Tiki Lounge. Admission will be limited , so get there early!
$10 cover
21+ only!
Check out these links about the show
Tiki Central link
YouTube link
Surfguitar 101 link
Purple Orchid link

Purple Orchid Tiki Lounge is located at
221 Richmond Street, El Segundo (310) 322-5829.
Just south of LAX!

Come on down and help Dave Arnson celebrate his 50th(!) birthday!
Thursday Sept 18th —
Cover is only 10.00 for 4 bands!!
Safari Sam’s
5214 Sunset Blvd ,in east Hollywood
Safari Sam’s

the scintillating and groovy lineup will be-
*8pm -The Barbarellatones
See Dave play lead guitar as ‘Malibu Davida ‘ in this glam-y femme-y Cramps-y gothabilly band!

*9pm- The Insect Surfers

Dave’s 20- years -plus-running surfadelic instrumental band ! We’ve invited Guitarist Paul Johnson (‘Mr. Moto’, Belairs, Safaris) to play with us!

*10pm- 3rd Grade Teacher
heavy psychodramatic punky adventures.. and singer Sabrine actually IS a 3rd grade teacher! a-Hunh! Their only show this season!

*11pm – Raw Power Rangers
See Dave make a nut of himself as Iggy Pop in our tribute to The Stooges’ 1973 “Raw Power’ album ! See punkrock legend Don Bolles of the Germs wallop the drums!

KXLU’s Reverend Dan (Music for Nimrods) will be DJ!!!
Stormy Byrd will be parked out front with his red nitro dragster ‘Revelation’!
Maybe Ms. Fractal will be fire-dancing on the patio!

Otto von Stroheim
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The same folks bring you Tiki Oasis each year!

The original Tiki weekender! This August 16-19 join us in San Diego for the seventh Tiki Oasis! Experience top Exotica and Surf bands, the best DJs in the country spinning vintage vinyl, vendors selling unique Tiki trinkets and idols, relax poolside or dance the night away at the Hanelei Hotel! Come and enjoy three nights and three days of fun in the sun!